Institutes, Centres and Laboratories

To foster the interdisciplinary research, CityU established 2 Research Institutes, 20 Research Centres, and 8 Applied Strategic Development Centres covering different areas of strategic importance.

With the approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, CityU established 2 State Key Laboratories and 1 Chinese National Engineering Research Center.

 

University Research Institutes

Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS)

Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS)

The Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS), which was launched on 22 November 2015,  aspires to be an international centre of excellence for the advancement of technology and innovation by bringing together an interdisciplinary team of world-renowned scholars and researchers, including Nobel laureates and academicians, to contribute to the solutions of pressing real-world problems. 

Hong Kong Institute for Data Science (HKIDS)

Hong Kong Institute for Data Science (HKIDS)

HKIDS will serve as a hub for joint research, tackling challenging issues in data science, building on the University’s strengths, and bringing together interdisciplinary faculty and students who possess similar research interests.

University Research Centres

Centre of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF)

Centre of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF)

The Centre of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF) aims to be internationally recognized as a leading research centre in nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences (LBJ)

Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences (LBJ)

The Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences (LBJ) is to conduct first-class research in applied mathematics and in computational mathematics. As a leading research centre in the Asia-Pacific region, its basic objective is to strive for excellence in applied mathematical sciences.

Centre for Judicial Education and Research (CJER)

Centre for Judicial Education and Research (CJER)

The Centre for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) oversees the management and strategic development of the Chinese judges programmes, currently run by the School of Law (SLW).

State Key Laboratories

State Key Laboratory of Terahertz and Millimeter Waves (SKLTMW)

State Key Laboratory of Terahertz and Millimeter Waves (SKLTMW)

The establishment of the State Key Laboratory of Terahertz and Millimeter Waves (SKLTMW)  at CityU was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China in 2008. It is the first laboratory of its kind in the engineering discipline in Hong Kong. Research activities in the Laboratory focus on the advancements and applications of millimeter wave and terahertz technologies.

State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP)

State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP)

The mission of the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP) is to protect the marine environment of Hong Kong and South China by identifying major threats such as algal toxins and contaminants of emerging environmental concern, and developing tools and technologies to address and tackle marine pollution problems.

Chinese National Engineering Research Centre

Hong Kong Branch of National Precious Metals Material Engineering Research Center (NPMM)

Hong Kong Branch of National Precious Metals Material Engineering Research Center (NPMM)

Established in 2015 with the approval by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, the Hong Kong Branch of National Precious Metals Material Engineering Research Centre (NPMM) aims to strengthen the national center’s overall capacity by conducting the research of precious metals and nanomaterials, as well as the relevant devices.

College/School Research Centres

Multimedia Software Engineering Research Centre (MERC)

Multimedia Software Engineering Research Centre (MERC)

The Multimedia-software Engineering Research Centre (MERC) aims at contributing to development of technologies of multimedia and emerging media-types, in Hong Kong, Pearl River Delta region and other areas of mainland China as a whole, enabled by research with high societal impact, educated human resources, and commercialization of new software from top-class engineering researches. 

Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre

Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre (GCACIC)

The Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre (GCACIC) focuses on enhancing the understanding of climate-related perils and making prediction of the occurrence of such perils in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (ACIM)

Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (ACIM)

The Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (ACIM) is to promote the development of core competencies in the areas of computational science and engineering, data visualization, digital humanities, new media technology and the creative arts. 

Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks (CCCN)

Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks (CCCN)

The Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks (CCCN) aims to promote fundamental and applied research on the emerging and cutting-edge technology of chaos control and synchronization, as well as complex dynamical networks, targeting academic leadership and commercial and industrial applications.

Centre for Functional Photonics (CFP)

Centre for Functional Photonics (CFP)

The Centre for Functional Photonics (CFP) focuses on fundamental studies of light-matter interactions, as well as on design and applications of functional optical materials, with an interdisciplinary team of scientists from  departments of Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering at CityU. 

Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL)

Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL)

The Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL) aspires to become the premier Chinese and comparative law research centre in the Asia Pacific region through organizing and facilitating research on Chinese and comparative law. 

Centre for Communication Research (CCR)

Centre for Communication Research (CCR)

The Centre for Communication Research (CCR) aims to investigate the cutting-edge issues under the forces of technological convergence and media globalization in the Asian context. Its core members are at the forefront of research and publications in international communication, media effects, new media, communication for social change, and political economy of the media.

The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS)

The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS)

Named after the world-renowned linguist Professor M.A.K. Halliday, the Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS) aims to advance the knowledge about how language works to construe human experience and enact social relationships, and to apply linguistic insights in education and other applications.

Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC)

Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC)

The Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC) has established a strong international reputation as an important setting for the study of political, economic, and social issues in contemporary Southeast Asia. It is the only research Centre focused on Southeast Asia in Hong Kong.

Centre for Advanced Structural Materials (CASM)

Centre for Advanced Structural Materials (CASM)

The Centre for Advanced Structural Materials (CASM) is to advance the fundamentals and technologies in advanced structural materials which will create innovative solutions for different key industrial sectors, such as biomedical, automotive, aerospace, sustainable energy.

Centre for System Informatics Engineering (CSIE)

Centre for System Informatics Engineering (CSIE)

The Centre for System Informatics Engineering (CSIE) aims to be a high quality and influential research hub for developing the most updated state-of-the-art modeling methodologies and tools with applications in the domains of health informatics, prognostics and systems health management, quality inspection and safety systems, energy and environmental informatics.

Ability R&D Energy Research Centre (AERC)

Ability R&D Energy Research Centre (AERC)

The Ability R&D Energy Research Centre (AERC) focuses on research to develop the state-of-the-art energy-efficient and energy-saving technologies to reduce fossil fuel consumption, and to develop clean and renewable energy technologies to achieve sustainable energy supply.

Centre for Social Media Marketing and Business Intelligence (CSMR)

Centre for Social Media Marketing and Business Intelligence (CSMR)

The Centre for Social Media Marketing and Business Intelligence (CSMR) aims to enhance the College of Business’s research strength in social media marketing, e-commerce, and business intelligence, and to provide a platform for conducting high impact interdisciplinary research work.

Centre for Biosystems, Neuroscience, and Nanotechnology (CBNN)

Centre for Biosystems, Neuroscience, and Nanotechnology (CBNN)

The Centre for Biosystems, Neuroscience, and Nanotechnology (CBNN) merges nanotechnology with biosystems and neuroscience to create a revolutionary impact on many aspects of medicine. The centre aims at developing materials, structures, devices, and microsystems with nanometre precision for single molecule and cell interactions.

Centre for Robotics and Automation (CRA)

Centre for Robotics and Automation (CRA)

The Centre for Robotics and Automation (CRA) is established by a  multidisciplinary research team aiming to develop new knowledge and technology to integrating cyber-infrastructure with engineering systems to enable new technological developments in areas such as manufacturing automation, nanotechnology and drug discovery.

The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP)

The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP)

The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) aims to promote and enhance the study of East Asian and comparative philosophy, by conducting research programmes in East Asian and comparative ethics, political philosophy, law, religion, the ethical status of non-human animals, and environmental ethics. 

Research Centre on One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR)

Research Centre on One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR)

The objectives of the Research Centre on One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) are to promote economic prosperity of the countries along the belt and road and regional economic cooperation, to strengthen exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations, and to promote world peace and development. 

Applied Strategic Development Centres

Centre for Innovative Applications of Internet and Multimedia Technologies (AIMtech Centre)

Centre for Innovative Applications of Internet and Multimedia Technologies (AIMtech Centre)

The AIMtech Centre is one of the four Applied Strategic Development Centres of CityU. The Centre draws on existing strength of the Department of Computer Science in the applied R&D of multimedia information processing and visualization and Internet computing. 

Centre for Smart Energy Conversion and Utilization Research

Centre for Smart Energy Conversion and Utilization Research (CSCR)

The Centre for Smart Energy Conversion and Utilization Research (CSCR) focuses on the fundamental and applied research in power electronics and its applications. 

Hong Kong Commercial and Maritime Law Centre (HKCML)

Hong Kong Commercial and Maritime Law Centre (HKCML)

The Hong Kong Commercial and Maritime Law Centre (HKCML) seeks to enhance and promote research in commercial law and maritime law, and to provide educational opportunities to scholars, lawyers and business professionals. 

Center on Global Internet Finance (CGIF)

Center on Global Internet Finance (CGIF)

The Center on Global Internet Finance (CGIF) was founded by the College of Business at CityU in 2015. It is composed of experts in finance, computer science, and information systems, focusing on internet finance areas. 

Center for Advanced Nuclear Safety and Sustainable Development (ANSD)

Center for Advanced Nuclear Safety and Sustainable Development (ANSD)

Centre for Applied One Health Research and Policy Advice (OHRP)

Centre for Applied One Health Research and Policy Advice (OHRP)

The mission of Centre for Applied One Health Research and Policy Advice (OHRP) is to develop policies at local, national, regional and international levels for the prevention and control of infectious animal diseases affecting human health, as well as animal health.

Research Centre for Sustainable Hong Kong (CSHK)

Research Centre for Sustainable Hong Kong (CSHK)

The Research Centre for Sustainable Hong Kong (CSHK), established in June 2017, is an Applied Strategic Development Centre of CityU. CSHK houses the SusHK Hub and supports all the research and collaborative activities with stakeholders from different sectors and regions. The mission of CSHK is to analyze and develop solutions to meet critical sustainability issues in Hong Kong from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Professor Linda Chelan Li, Department of Public Policy of CityU, is appointed as Centre Director.

Centre for Decentralized Trust Computing (CDTC)

Centre for Decentralized Trust Computing (CDTC)

The Center for Decentralized Trust Computing (CDTC) was founded at the City University of Hong Kong in December 2018. This center meets the distributed system community's urgent need for world-class expertise in computer science that spans cryptography, blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies, distributed systems, and system security techniques. Aiming for the foundational support and enabling technologies of blockchain and smart contract, CDTC will focus on the areas of Decentralized Trust Computing, from blockchain foundations and theoretical guarantees, to general secure computations and storage applications atop blockchain, and to safeguarding smart contract from systematization perspectives.

Central Research Facilities

Inter-University 3D Atom Probe Tomography Unit (APTIU)

Inter-University 3D Atom Probe Tomography Unit (APTU)

The inter-university 3D Atom Probe Tomography Unit, directed by University Distinguished Professor C.T. Liu, is equipped with 3D atom probe tomography (3D-APT), which is a state-of-the-art micro-analysis technique offering extensive capabilities for both 3D imaging and quantitative chemical analysis with near atomic resolution for conducting advanced materials research. 

Laboratory Animal Research Unit (LARU)

Laboratory Animal Research Unit (LARU)

Laboratory Animal Research Unit (LARU) is a centralised animal facility at CityU. It has two holding rooms for rat and mice and a surgical area for dissection or other related experiments. Users can apply to house their research animals in LARU and it is charged on a daily basis.

CAS-CityU Joint Laboratories

CAS-CityU Joint Laboratories

CAS-CityU Joint Laboratories, which include Joint Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanomechanics, Joint Laboratory for Robotics, Joint Laboratory for Functional Materials and Devices, Joint Laboratory on Neutron Scattering Science and Technology, are jointly established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and CityU.

Mainland Research Institutes

SRI

Shenzhen Research Institute

The City University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Research Institute (CityUSRI), situated in the Shenzhen’s Gaoxin District, is a permanent base for applied research, incubation and professional education in the mainland. CityUSRI has 15 research centres and laboratories, including the following eight Applied R&D Centres established by the University: 

  • Biotechnology & Health Centre (BTC)
  • Information and Communication Technology Centre (ICTC)
  • Futian-CityU Mangrove R&D Centre (FCMC)
  • Advanced Intelligent Information Systems Research Centre (ATIS)
  • CityU Research Centre on Optical Fibre Sensing and Communications (CFSC)
  • Research Centre for Oceans and Human Health (H2O)
  • Architecture and Civil Engineering Research Centre (ACRC)
  • CityU Center on Neutron Scattering (CCNS)
CRI

Chengdu Research Institute (CRI)

The City University of Hong Kong Chengdu Research Institute (CityUCRI) is a joint project between CityU and the Shuangliu government of Chengdu (Sichuan Province) based on a collaborative agreement. It was the University’s first research institute established in the western region of the mainland, for research and development, incubation and innovation, and professional education and training.

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